(Last Updated on : 15/03/2014)
Acne is a skin disease caused by bacteria, which flourish on greasy scales. Nearly eight out of ten young people between the ages of twelve and twenty four suffer from some degree of acne. It is closely related to the disorder in the hormones experienced at puberty. Acne is an inflammatory condition of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles usually found on the face, the neck, chest and shoulders. The majority of patients recover between the ages twenty and thirty years. But it is still common in men over thirty years. In women, it rarely lasts beyond the early thirties and is normally worse before each menstrual period. All skin diseases, including acne, are the outcome of malfunctioning of the body as a whole.
Symptoms of Acne:
Acne is characterised by the eruption of blackheads, pimples, small superficial sebaceous cysts and scars mostly on the face. There are over half a dozen forms of acne, which are concerned with sebaceous glands or the glands connected with hair follicles. The most common form of acne is a blackhead, which chiefly affects the forehead, temples, cheeks, chin, chest and the back area. In rare cases, almost the entire body may be covered with blackheads with extensive scarring.
Causes of Acne:
All forms of acne have their origin in wrong food habits, such as irregular hours of eating, improper food, excesses of starches and sugar, excess of fatty foods. Chronic constipation
is another major cause of acne. The extra efforts of the skin to eliminate excess waste result in acne and other forms of skin diseases. Yet another important cause of acne is a devitalised condition of the skin resulting from unhealthy living habits. There is also a general affinity among young persons to break and squeeze out the eruptions, which can only worsen the condition and help the infection to spread. Other causes of the disorder are excessive use of tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco, strenuous studies, masturbation and sedentary habits, which lead to indigestion and general weakness.
Natural Remedy for Acne:
In natural remedy for acne
, the main emphasis is on diet and certain water applications. To begin with, the patient should resort to an all-fruit diet for about a week which should consists of fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, pineapple and peaches. During this period, warm-water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels and all other measures adopted to eradicate constipation. For complete recovery strict attention should be paid to the diet. Starchy, protein and fatty foods should be restricted. Acne can be treated successfully with two vitamins, namely, niacin and vitamin A. Zinc is another effective remedy in the realm of nutrition and it should be taken in therapeutic doses of 50 mg. three times a day. After noticeable improvement it can be gradually reduced.
Water Treatment for Acne:
The patients should wash the face and other affected parts with plenty of hot water and soft soap to remove the excessive grease. Hot fomentation should be applied to open up the pores and squeeze out the waste matter and then it should be rinsed with cold water. A hot Epsom-salt bath twice a week will be highly beneficial in all cases of acne. This bath is prepared by adding one and half kg of Epsom-salt to 50 litres of water having a temperature of about 100 F. The patient should remain in the bath for twenty five to thirty five minutes till he perspires freely and after the bath; the patient should cool off gradually.
Home Remedies for Acne:
The healing packs made of grated cucumber, oatmeal cooked in milk, and cooked, creamed carrots used externally, have been found to be effective. Even the orange peel, pounded well with water on a piece of stone, should be applied to the affected areas for the treatment of acne. The lemon also applied regularly has also proved beneficial in removing pimples and acne. The juice of raw potatoes has also proved very valuable in clearing skin blemishes.
Treatment of Acne bin Aromatherapy:
Essential oils that are particularly effective on problem skin for anti-bacterial, antiseptic and healing properties are Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Rosewood, Sandalwood & Tea tree. To treat acne, three drops of bergamot and two drops chamomile in 30ml sunflower oil plus one vitamin E capsule should be mixed and applied in the affected area.
Treatment of Acne by Magnetic Therapy:
North Pole magnetised water should be used for washing with soap and also application of North Pole MEM on the face and other affected parts for fifteen minutes once at bedtime is necessary.
Treatment of Acne in Homeopathy
Homeopathy provides several natural and effective remedies to acne sufferers. By undergoing homoeopathic treatment, a patient will notice a drying up of pimples and reduction in the number of existing acne. Other associated symptoms like pain, burning and itching will also go away. Besides, there will be an improvement in skin texture. Homoeopathic system attempts to stimulate the body's own natural healing capacity with Homoeopathic remedies acting as a trigger for the body's own healing forces.